Choosing a therapist, the person to support you, is an important decision. This page covers answers to the most common questions we are asked and will help you to decide if you would like to work together with us. If you have any additional questions then please feel free to call or email and we will respond quickly.
The decision to seek therapy is an act of self-care, an acknowledgement that we cannot know the solutions to all difficulties life offers. We all reach out to professionals when faced with difficulties, whether it be a doctor for our physical health, a solicitor for legal issues or a dentist to help maintain our oral health. Our mental and emotional health is no different. Reaching out for professional support to address the difficulties we are facing is simply an act of self-care.
For many counsellors/psychotherapists, it was their own personal experience of the transforming power of therapy that moved them to take the steps needed to become therapists themselves. We have walked our talk and shared the same path of overcoming and creating something different that you are starting. We think this is really cool as it means your therapist has been where you are to some degree and knows some of what is going on for you. Our therapists are happy to share with you their own therapy journey… we ‘get you’, we’ve ‘got’ you.
This is very hard to define in a paragraph as therapy is very individual and each individual’s experience of therapy is very different. Perhaps, simply put, it is a way of helping you understand yourself, how you relate to yourself, others and the world in general, helping you recognise and change the deep-rooted, disabling and maybe painful self-sabotaging ways of thinking and behaving that are holding you back from the life you want to live, to heal old wounds. We will work with you in developing more productive thoughts, emotions and behaviours and create a positive change, help you move closer to the life you want. We will also provide you with tools that will help maintain the progress you make, increase your resilience to the stuff life will inevitably throw at us and help stop any relapses.
Our fee is £30 per hour session.
Because therapy can be life changing, we want to help as many as possible to access therapy and we do our best to make the financial cost unrestrictive. For this reason, we are very transparent with our costing:
Therapists will usually charge between £40-£50 per hour session and there are good reasons they charge this:
The counselling/psychotherapy accrediting bodies recommend no more than 15 clients per week in order to allow time to reflect on and research client issues to be able to fully help the client…so 15 client hours = 40 hours of the therapist’s time. Office rental can be prohibitive with a very small office usually costing £220 per month and upwards. Office maintenance, membership of the needed accrediting bodies, needed insurances and essential therapist monthly supervision adds significantly to the costs.
As you can see, £30 per hour session actually only leaves the therapist with a just above minimum wage salary. We did not choose this profession for the financial gain, our reward mainly comes from the results we see and knowing we are enabling the accessing of therapy to those who otherwise could not afford it…we have been in this position ourselves. It is a tremendous privilege being able to observe clients change and start to create the life they want…we really do look forward to hearing from you.
Therapy is a financial commitment but it is also an investment in yourself, your relationships, work, health, future finances and, most importantly, your happiness. As said above; We will help you understand yourself, help you become aware of self-sabotaging ways of thinking and behaving and work with you in developing more productive thoughts, emotions and behaviours. We will also provide you with tools that will help maintain the progress you make and to help prevent any relapses.
Feeling better about yourself will often have a profound impact on your life, wellbeing and your future in a positive way and it is often a very different person that leaves therapy compared to the one that began.
Is therapy worth the cost…do we really need to answer?
We only see clients on a weekly basis. This is largely because therapy works best within a caring, trusting relationship and, in our experience, it takes weekly sessions to establish the therapist/client relational depth needed to be effective and for you to experience the change you want. Consideration can be given to fortnightly sessions towards the end of therapy as a means of helping you maintain the changes you have made.
The client range is wide: individuals, couples and families of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds and which range from school age to retired. While client’s ages, professions, sexual orientations, economic statuses, backgrounds and lifestyles vary widely they all have one thing in common; they are in pain and are at a point where they are ready to address their difficulties, to invest in themselves, therapy and make a change, creating a different life.
The first session is a little different to any subsequent sessions; we will chat about why you have decided to start therapy, your background and what you would like out of our time together. You may not know the answers, some clients just know something is wrong but can’t quite put their finger on what or are not able to express what they want to… don’t worry, we will help.
Choosing a therapist is a very personal decision and therapy will only be as effective as the relationship between client and therapist. We firmly believe it is important for you to spend a little time with the therapist before deciding whether to continue. This is why we offer a 30-45 minute free initial session for you to meet the therapist, get to know them a little, ask questions and for you to ask yourself whether you feel comfortable, emotionally safe and whether it seems as though the therapist will ‘get’ you. Your instincts will come into play at this stage.
Absolutely. Confidentiality is vital in building trust, a core requirement for a successful outcome. Each therapist may have some exceptions such as if you were to reveal you were going to seriously harm yourself, another or commit a terrorist act. Your therapist will discuss the boundaries of confidentiality with you in your first session.
The time spent in therapy is different for each person and can often depend on the severity of the difficulties presented, how deeply rooted they are, the ingrained belief systems supporting the difficulties and the changes you want to make. It could be that just 6 sessions provide you with the change you want, others may be with us 12 months or more. You can trust that we will conduct regular reviews of your therapy to ensure that your therapy is productive and forward moving. We will work together with you to achieve the change you want and to ensure an appropriate and timely ending.
Ready to take the next step? We look forward to hearing from you.